Website Add-Ons – Like WordPress, but Different
If you’ve ever tried to build a website before, you’ll know that it’s something you need to keep tweaking and adjusting until it feels just right. Since a good portion of the internet is built on WordPress, a website builder that’s often touted as being the simplest and most streamlined CMS (content management system), you’ll find many webmasters turning to WordPress as the backbone of their sites.
While WordPress is a fantastic content management system, it’s far from perfect. It was originally built to be a simple blogging platform for people with little to no knowledge of HTML or CSS. Because it’s so easy to get up and running with WordPress, many will use it as a quick way to put something online without having to worry about the nitty gritty details. While this might seem like a good idea at first, you’ll quickly find that it isn’t. There are many cases where adding WordPress to a site isn’t the best idea.
Why Do I Need To Avoid Adding WordPress To My Site?
If you’ve ever seen the movie Hidden Figures, you’ll know just how vitally important it is to have a word processor at the ready when important documents need to be printed. Because of this historic fact, WordPress was initially designed with the advent of desktop publishing in mind. As a result, WordPress is super optimized for printing and the like. While these days it’s easier to accomplish tasks on screen, there are still times when you need that freshly printed off document.
WordPress is also extremely resource-hungry. It isn’t just a content management system, it’s an entire web infrastructure, including a database, web server, and more. All of these essentials come at a price. The more sites you have the more resource-heavy they’ll be. If you do decide to host multiple sites, performance will take a hit. This is why it’s best to host WordPress sites on dedicated servers.
What Should I Look Out For When Choosing The Right Host For My Website?
Depending on how serious you are about your site, you’ll need to choose a host that’s able to meet your needs. At Sweet Frog, we understand that not everyone will have the same needs, which is why we’ve designed our hosting packages to meet as many needs as possible. One of the things you should look out for is the data center location. If you live in a country where data privacy is protected, go for a virtual data center in a country where privacy isn’t an issue. A lot of times, the data center location will be dictated by where you’re geographically located. For example, if you’re located in the United Kingdom, you’ll want to look for a UK data center.
Also, make sure you’re getting a VPS (virtual private server) and not a shared hosting package. A VPS will give you much more freedom in terms of the applications you can install compared to a shared hosting plan. This is especially important if you’re looking to install a content management system like WordPress. If you decide on a shared hosting plan, you won’t have access to a lot of the features that WordPress offers. With a VPS, you’re taking your pick from a wide range of Linux distributions and it even comes with your very own private copy of Linux. This way, you can install basically any program you desire.
How Do I Install WordPress On My Site?
The first step is to visit the WordPress website and click on the Get Started button to start the installation process. On this page, you’ll be presented with a short survey to help the developers at WordPress know a bit about you.
You’ll then be taken to a screen where you can choose a user name and password for your WordPress account. Make sure you use a strong password and keep track of it somewhere safe. Next, you’ll be brought to the WordPress dashboard, which is the central page of your website. Here, you’ll find all of the tools you need to get the website up and running, as well as manage the content that appears on the site.
At this point, you might be wondering how to install WordPress on a site that already exists. For this, you’ll need to login to your Site Control panel and look for the “Add New Website” button. Once you click on this, you’ll be presented with a screen where you can choose the WordPress platform you’d like to use to build your site. You can choose between the free version or the premium version, depending on your needs.
As a general rule of thumb, it’s always best to go with the free version of WordPress. This is especially true if you’re just getting started. The free version of WordPress allows you to create a basic blog with no commercial objectives. If you have a limited amount of resources and just want to get something online quickly, the free version of WordPress will do just that. However, if you’re looking for something more serious, you might want to consider the premium version of WordPress.
What Type Of Content Should I Put On My Website?
While you don’t necessarily have to have content on your website, it’s always a good idea to have some. When designing a website, the first thing you need to do is decide what you’ll put on it and how you’ll display it. Since the vast majority of the internet is composed of text, you’ll find many bloggers turning to blogging as a means of content delivery. If you decide to go down this route, you don’t necessarily need to have a blog per se, but you will need to write and post regularly.
Other than text-based content, you can also incorporate images and videos into your website. For example, if you’re using WordPress, you can easily integrate videos from YouTube or Vimeo. Just follow the instructions under the “Media” section of the WordPress dashboard to get started.
How Far Should I Go With My Website’s Design?
The design of your website is one of the most critical factors that determine how well it functions. If you’re just getting started, go for a simple design that isn’t too flashy. As you get more experienced, you can always add more polish to your design by incorporating more advanced features, like parallax scrolling, video backgrounds, or 3D animations.
Even though this might seem like a tall order, these days it’s quite easy to design and build a fully functioning website. For a while, it looked like building a website was a sophisticated task that required a lot of expertise. However, with the rise of content creators and bloggers, this has changed. Anyone can now create a website with a simple builder like WordPress or SquareSpace. While this might not seem like a big deal, you’ll find that having a fully functioning website is a huge step forward for any business or individual.